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Pawtucket Honor Rolls

Wilkinson Park
Park Pl W at RI-15
Pawtucket, Providence County, Rhode Island
 
 
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"In Grateful Recognition
of the valiant and self-sacrificing service to their country
of all persons
who went from Pawtucket and its vicinity to join
the forces of The United States
during the Civil War.
And especially to the memory of those who suffered 
and died in that service.
This monument is erected by
The Ladies Memorial Association
of Patucket, Rhode Island
and by them is consecrated as an everlasting
memorial.
Anno Domini 1897"
 
 
 
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"Ameica's Forgotten War

 "Korean War Veterans
Ocean State Chapter #1
Dedicated
August 18, 2009"
 

 

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The placement of an Interstate Route several years ago has turned what likely was a prominent street leading into downtown Pawtucket into a quiet section of boulevard overlooked by Victorian Era houses that could easily become treasures or trash. 

The Ladies Memorial Association monument is entitled "Liberty Arming the Patriot" and the sculpture was created by Hastings W. Granville and cast by Gorham Manufacturing in 1896. The figures represent Lady Liberty standing before a farmer called to war, leaving his plow to pick up Liberty's sword. The two triangular bas relief plaques are at either end of the presentation. One depicts a Union artillery battery of General Ambrose at the Battle of Antietam. Notice in the lower left of that scene a soldier has been shot in the heart and is held by a comrade as he dies. The second relief shows a goddess inscribing names onto a roll. 

When first placed, this monument had two large bronze lamps at the ends of the base. 

The sulptor, Hastings Granville, was an Englishman trained in France. He was hired by Gorham to create a number of pieces for the World's Fair. Such a finely detailed metal sculpture is unlikely to be created for monument placements today. These works, fairly common from 1880 to 1940, are now just too expensive and too vulnerable to vandalism. The designers of this monument sought to inspire a well educated people that would recognize the classical themes. One hundred twenty-five years later we live in a time that fails to recognize the themes, the beauty of the artwork, and even the history that it represents. That is sad, and very disheartening for anyone that understands why this memorial stands.

Twenty-nine soldiers, Marines, and airmen are remembered at the Korean War memorial, eight of them still MIA at the time it was placed in 2009.  One of older men, who had also served in World War II, was Maj Don Givens. USMC. He was killed on September 10, 1952, while flying one of six F-9F Panther fighters of VMF-115, the "Silver Eagles," that crashed after being diverted by heavy weather. Five of them, including Givens, all went into a mountain top obscured by fog and rain. The sixth crashed nearby, and a seventh of the 22 aircraft sortied that day crashed in the target area.  

08/21/2017

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